In the movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Colin Firth’s character reminds a group of bullies of the 15th-century adage, “Manners maketh man” (alas, his lesson involves a bit of violence). Simply put, etiquette and good manners are the proper way to behave. They are the finishing touches to a person’s personality and behavior. It can mean the difference between success and failure in most aspects of your life.

Contrary to popular belief that it consists of a set of rules for the stuffy and wealthy, etiquette breaks down barriers due to its focus on respect, kindness, consideration, common courtesy, and good citizenship. Etiquette also helps give a good first impression and leaves others with the impression that you are more capable, professional, and intelligent.

Posts in this category focus on guidelines to navigate the world with confidence and grace.

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What the...?? Why Digital Age Language Etiquette Matters

What the…?? Why Digital Age Language Etiquette Matters

Is it just me? Or does it seem like language in the digital age has become rather crude? Even some ...
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How to Behave When Eating Out

Dear Friends, A few weeks ago, I narrowly escaped an awkward moment when I was a dinner guest of my ...
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A Handwritten Letter is a Blessing

Dear Friends, Last week, I received a thank you note from a retiring colleague. That may seem like a run-of-the-mill ...
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Is Gossip Really “Idle?”

Sharing the latest gossip--especially on social media--seems like an innocent activity, right? But what if it isn't so innocent after ...
Why Handwritten Christmas Cards Still Matter

Why Handwritten Christmas Cards Still Matter

Yesterday, I received a letter in my mailbox at work that was a bit out of the ordinary. When I ...
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Retro Super Bowl Party Ideas

Hosting a Super Bowl party?  No need to buy those cheap plastic football doo-dads at Party City!  Go retro with ...

Yes, You May Drink Your Soup…But Only If…

Dear Friends, Have you ever found yourself in this type of situation? You are at a professional or social event ...
How To Be The Houseguest From H-E-Double-Toothpicks

How To Be The Houseguest From H-E-Double-Toothpicks

Dear Friends, Since summer has arrived and (lucky) people are invited to spend a weekend at friends' and family members' ...
Theatrical Thursday: Writing Better Social Letters (1950)

Theatrical Thursday: Writing Better Social Letters (1950)

Dear Friends, According to a front page story in today's Wall Street Journal, the use of "dear" has fallen by ...
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When Someone You Love Dies

My maternal grandfather died a couple of hours ago. He was 96 years old and had escaped from death's door ...
Why Is Writing "Thank You" So Difficult?

Why Is Writing “Thank You” So Difficult?

I've been intrigued by the recent thread of letters in the "Ask Amy" column of the newspaper about whether emailed ...